I found both of these two bargain wines of the week at the Costco store in Foster City.
Luis Ochoa 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Joe’s and Mike’s Pick)
What a deal this is! How nice it is to be able to pick up a high-quality Cabernet wine already aged a number of years and at a value price of under $20. Take a look at the Luis Ochoa Website and you will see that this same wine is being offered for $65. This is a delicious wine, fully structured and so enjoyable to drink. There are no big lofty tannins or fruit that overpower. The wine is complex and delicious throughout. I image that not a lot of this wine was made so it is sure to have limited availability, and perhaps it is only in a few select Costco stores. We give it 90 Points and at the $18.99 price it is a true value in a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chalk Hill S.B. 2009 Costco $17.99 (Joe’s suggestion)
I am always suspect when I find a Sauvignon Blanc vintage on the shelves that was made two years earlier than what the current release year is. I have been to Chalk Hill Winery and know that this S.B has a lot of aging ability. It is 100% barrel fermented, half in stainless steel barrels and half in French Oak barrels, 15% new. This is not your average-tasting Sauvignon Blanc. First off the nose is far different than the citrus and grassy Sauvignon Blanc styles you find that have been fermented and aged in stainless steel. The mouth feel is heavy with a huge aftertaste and finish. It is almost Chardonnay-like is some aspects. The wine sells for $33 at the winery, so this is a huge discount at Costco. Although the wine is tasty enough, it is not my style of Sauvignon Blanc. I prefer ones that are crisp, clean, and refreshing. 88 Points
Wine sales this week
The BevMo 5 Cent Sale is on again. I will do a thorough analysis later in the week and report back on anything that looks good. We always seem to find a few gems among the inventory of the “same old, same old” wines that are always featured in this sale.
On Monday and Tuesday, I will be in the Napa Valley and will stop by the Clif Family Winery in St. Helena. They are having a blowout sale on their Climber White and Climber Red. Normally they are $14 but, now that the 2011 is out, they are offering the 2010 for $6 a bottle with a minimum of a half-case purchase.
If you like, you can follow our wine adventures in Napa Valley on our Napa Valley Wine Blog